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August 19, 2016
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Common cold virus originated in camels, study finds
Researchers studying Middle East respiratory syndrome in camels found that HCoV-229E, a common cold virus, originated in camels, according to a paper reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings suggest the potential for MERS, which is frequently fatal in people, to evolve to spread more readily among humans as the cold virus has.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/19),  Nature World News (8/19) 
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UK canine babesiosis worries wane
Three dogs in Essex, England, were diagnosed with the tick-borne disease canine babesiosis in February, and that raised concerns among veterinarians because the disease wasn't known to be in the area and the dogs had not traveled overseas. A subsequent study of dogs across the UK uncovered a low level of Babesia in dogs across the country, but no new cases have been documented since March, so officials hope the threat has largely passed. release (8/18) 
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Bovine TB identified in Ind. deer
Bovine tuberculosis was found in a Franklin County, Ind., doe, marking the first time the disease has been found in wild animals in the state, according to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Cattle and people in the area are potentially at risk, noted Purdue University Extension educator Jon Neufelder, who said deer hunters should wear rubber gloves to protect themselves, and ranchers should watch their herd for symptoms and reach out to a veterinarian if signs appear.
WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) (8/18) 
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EPA approves rat contraceptive
The EPA approved SenesTech's rat contraceptive liquid touted as a more humane and safe form of population control than poisons and traps. The sweet liquid reduces reproductive viability of males and females by causing egg loss and inhibiting sperm growth, and trials suggest the contraceptive reduces rat populations by up to 40%.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) (8/18) 
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Zika may be circulating in Miami Beach, officials say
Florida health officials have identified a handful of Zika virus cases that may have been acquired from local mosquitoes in Miami Beach, but local leaders emphasize that active transmission outside Miami's Wynwood neighborhood has not been confirmed. Thirty-five suspected locally acquired cases have been reported since local transmission was first documented in Florida.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/18),  Reuters (8/19) 
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After dog's wheelchair is stolen, community raises money for new ride
Rod Beauregard and Leona Wolf of Long Beach, Wash., were heartbroken when they realized someone stole their beloved dog's wheelchair. Charley the dog has used a wheelchair for about a year since injuring a disc in his back, and the local community rallied, raising the necessary funds to purchase Charley a new chair.
ABC News (8/17),  KATU-TV (Portland, Ore.) (8/16) 
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Otters attack swimming boys
Two teenage boys swimming in a California lake were attacked by a family of otters, suffering bites and scratches as they swam 70 yards to shore while under attack. Both boys received medical attention, including rabies prophylaxis.
Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.)/The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (8/18) 
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The benefits of buying your own building
Buying a business may make sense for some entrepreneurs, who can generate rental income from the property in retirement. Now may be a good time to borrow money for such a purchase, as good locations are available and interest rates may rise in the future, writes consultant Jerry Osteryoung.
Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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10 "poison pills" for pets
Anyone who takes medication prescribed for someone else puts themselves at risk of illness or even death -- and this applies to pets as well. Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed and other things aren't always the same. The AVMA has resources for pet owners on the most common human medications that cause problems for our pets, as well as steps pet owners can take to protect their pets from harmful human meds. View AVMA's "10 'Poison Pills' for Pets" Web page.
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